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Southern rock legend Dickey Betts dies aged 80-Kitty Chrisp-Entertainment – Metro

Dickey Betts has died aged 80 (Picture: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Dickey Betts, the singer, songwriter and guitarist of the Allman Brothers Band and Southern rock legend, has died at the age of 80.

His family confirmed ‘with heavy hearts’ that the Ramblin’ Man hitmaker passed away in his Florida home on Thursday ‘surrounded’ by loved ones.

They described Betts – real name Richard Betts – as being ‘larger than life’ and the family’s ‘patriarch’.

A statement came via Betts’ Instagram, which read: ‘It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that the Betts family announce the peaceful passing of Forrest Richard ‘Dickey’ Betts (December 12, 1943 – April 18, 2024) at the age of 80 years old.

‘The legendary performer, songwriter, bandleader and family patriarch passed away earlier today at his home in Osprey, FL., surrounded by his family.

‘Dickey was larger than life, and his loss will be felt world-wide.

‘At this difficult time, the family asks for prayers and respect for their privacy in the coming days. More information will be forthcoming at the appropriate time.’

Betts’ manager confirmed to Rolling Stone he died of cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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